Lesley A. Weigand, Partner

Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg
6055 Rockside Woods Boulevard, Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44131
T: (216) 642-3342
F: (216) 642-8826


I counsel companies and individuals in a broad range of organizational and operational matters including estate planning, corporate governance and structure, credit policy, finance, real estate, tax, and litigation.

I enjoy working with family and privately-held businesses on strategy and succession planning. A particular area of growth in my practice is the international expansion of business operations through the distributorships, alliances, partnerships and acquisitions. My background in accounting and taxation enables me to provide important insight and guidance to these enterprises.


  • Estate Planning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Tax
  • Corporate Governance


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate

As businesses look for new avenues of revenue growth, international transactions are becoming increasingly more popular. Among many matters of recent interest, I participated in the negotiation and completion of a $15M acquisition of a Swedish entity on behalf of a multi-national family-held business enterprise. I also represent a local privately-held company expanding their business through distributorships in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Southeast Asia and India and through direct sales in to the UK, Australia, Brazil and Mongolia.

Helping families pass philanthropic values from one generation to the next is a particular passion of mine. Over the years I have found that the family foundation model enables the next generation to learn investment strategies, corporate governance and civil responsibilities and am honored to help many families, of all degrees of wealth, plan with this strategy. Due to my background and experience I have been invited to serve on the Board of Directors for several privately-held and not-for-profit businesses in Northeast Ohio.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Masters of Taxation, University of Akron, 1996
  • B.S, Business Administration (Accounting), Miami University, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1996
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • United States Tax Court, 1998
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2006
  • United States Supreme Court, 2006